Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO)

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Crowe Legal is unique among family law firms in that if offers a full range of services in area of Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (commonly referred to as QDROs).

A QDRO is a special legal document that enables the tax-free transfer of retirement plan assets to a non-participant spouse and/or dependent(s) pursuant to a divorce. The QDRO was created by the Retirement Equity Act of 1984 as an amendment to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), which protects retirement plan assets from creditors. A retirement plan will not divide benefits or provide for payments without an approved and executed QDRO.

Following settlement negotiations, if a retirement plan is to be divided, a QDRO must be drafted and submitted to the retirement plan administrator to affect a division of plan assets. The infinite host of different retirement plans in existence today, coupled with each plan’s unique interpretation of QDRO regulations, makes the preparation and submission of a QDRO to a plan administrator a challenging process. Rejection of the QDRO by the plan administrator leads to extra time and costs. Further, a poorly drafted QDRO can eliminate or reduce benefits, reduce distribution options or investment flexibility, and fail to account for future contingencies that may occur such as early retirement, Cost of Living Adjustments (COLAs), subsidized benefits, remarriage and premature death or disability.

Contact an Experienced Atlanta QDRO Attorney

Having seen hundreds of QDROs to completion, Crowe Legal is capable of expertly crafting your QDRO to ensure efficient approval and lasting efficacy. We welcome inquiries from both attorneys and non-attorneys alike whom are seeking to have a QDRO negotiated, drafted, or reviewed pursuant to a divorce. If you have any additional questions about the QDRO process or the services we offer, please do not hesitate to contact Crowe Legal today. You can reach Crowe Legal by phone at (404) 618-0863 or by filling out the simple inquiry form located here.

We offer a free case evaluation by telephone to all individuals. Office consultations are also available by appointment weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with weekend appointments available by request.

Crowe Legal advocates for families and individuals throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area, including Fulton, Gwinnett, Bartow, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Hall, Henry, Paulding, and Rockdale counties.